The Kitchen Table – Spice – an ABC Radio National podcast

When we think of the history of spice we often start with the protection rackets, piracy, and massacres of the East India companies. But the world trade in spices is not something that begins with the European age of sail in the sixteenth century. It’s far more ancient. The search for spice has led to travel, exploration and cross-cultural influences for millennia. The Indonesian maritime spice routes helped define the extent and culture of Nusantara, or what we now call Indonesia. Focussing on nutmeg and clove, this program explores the history of these ingredients from 3,500 years ago to today, with interviews, poetry, natural sound and music of the Spice Islands.

Petrus Plancius 1594


Ian Burnet

Kumoratih Kushardjanto

Barbara Santich

Danielle Clode


Michael BaldwinDuration: 33min 25secBroadcast: Tue 27 Apr 2021, 11:05am

More Information

Presenter: Hetty McKinnon

Sound engineer: Tom Henry

Writer, producer: Mike Ladd

About ianburnet

Author of the book, Spice Islands. Which tells the History, Romance and Adventure of the spice trade from the Moluccas in Eastern Indonesia over a period of 2000 years. Author of the book, East Indies.Which tells the history of the struggle between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East India Company and the English East India Company for supremacy in the Eastern Seas. Author of the book 'Archipelago - A Journey Across Indonesia'. Author of the book 'Where Australia Collides with Asia' Author of the book 'The Tasman Map'. Author of the book 'Eastern Voyages'.
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1 Response to The Kitchen Table – Spice – an ABC Radio National podcast

  1. Denis O'Hara says:

    A good potted summary of Spice Islands place in global history. Thanks

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